• A large German stoneware jug unearthed at Jamestown. The date “1661” appears above the medallion
    A large German stoneware jug unearthed at Jamestown. The date “1661” appears above the medallion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jug stew in an earthenware jug "jug the rabbit"
    • v jug lock up or confine, in or as in a jail "The suspects were imprisoned without trial","the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
    • n jug a large bottle with a narrow mouth
    • n jug the quantity contained in a jug
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten watches as milk is poured from a jug into a bowl A kitten watches as milk is poured from a jug into a bowl
A stork eating soup from a jug at dinner party while a fox watches A stork eating soup from a jug at dinner party while a fox watches

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original Toby jugs were modelled on Harry 'Toby' Elwes a Yorkshireman
    • Jug A pitcher; a ewer.
    • Jug A prison; a jail; a lockup.
    • Jug A vessel, usually of coarse earthenware, with a swelling belly and narrow mouth, and having a handle on one side.
    • Jug A woman's breasts; as, nice jugs .
    • Jug To commit to jail; to imprison.
    • Jug To nestle or collect together in a covey; -- said of quails and partridges.
    • Jug To seethe or stew, as in a jug or jar placed in boiling water; as, to jug a hare.
    • Jug To utter a sound resembling this word, as certain birds do, especially the nightingale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jug A vessel, usually made of earthenware, metal, or glass, of various sizes and shapes, and generally provided with a handle or ear, used for holding and conveying liquors; a drinking-vessel; a pitcher; a ewer; in the United States, specifically, an earthenware vessel with a swelling or a cylindrical body, a handle, and a narrow neck and orifice, usually stopped by a cork. As a quantity of ale or beer, a jug is usually a pint.
    • n jug A prison; a jail: often called the stone jug.
    • n jug A low woman.
    • jug To put into a jug; cook by putting into a jug, and this into boiling water.
    • jug To commit to jail; imprison.
    • jug To nestle together; collect in a covey, as partridges: sometimes used as transitive with reflexive pronoun.
    • jug To utter a particular sound resembling this word, as certain birds do, especially the nightingale.
    • n jug A sound fancied to resemble the note uttered by the nightingale and some other birds.
    • n jug An act of worship by a Brahman supposed to give him preternatural power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jug jug a large vessel with a swelling body and narrow mouth for liquors
    • v.t Jug to boil or stew as in a jug:—pr.p. jug′ging; pa.p. jugged
    • v.i Jug jug to utter the sound jug, as certain birds, esp. the nightingale
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.”
  • Buddha
    “A jug fills drop by drop.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. Jug, a corruption of, or nickname for, Joanna,; cf. 2d Jack, and Jill,. See Johannes
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Look here, tie one end of this cord round the handle of the jug, and then I'll haul it up.
"In the King's Name" by George Manville Fenn
Sol was small, she argued within herself, the jug was large and sticky.
"Wolf's Head" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
But now take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
It's des de milk leakin' out'n dat jug.
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
Beside his tumbler stood a large jug of buttermilk.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
We must get a jug of water somewhere.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
You, Cesare, furnish the boat, I'll bring bread and sausage from home, and Raffaelle shall get a jug of water.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
So he went right up and got the jug, and nearly dropped it getting down, it was so heavy.
"Hollow Tree Nights and Days" by Albert Bigelow Paine
But I'm obleeged to ye for takin' the jug.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Robert was anxious to inquire about a silver milk-jug which had not been returned.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Farmer Green ought not to have left that jug lying there.
"The Tale of Grumpy Weasel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Alice was all shining purple and strong scent, as she brought in the teapot and the jug of hot water.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
If we're captured with the child in our possession, we go to the jug.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
That jug was the evil genius of the little household.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Now they found that it had been thrown over a jug of water and a bag of beef and biscuit stowed in the bow.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
To buy a jug of gin for Parks!
"The Man Who Hated Mars" by Gordon Randall Garrett
She sat down on the floor exactly beneath the cabinet, and began to play with her jug.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
We all fall in an' git good wet, But I helt to my liddle brown jug, you bet!
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Gordon saw in the back of the buggy before him two whiskey jugs.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
If we could jug the thieves quickly, and recover the plunder, it might be well.
"In Her Own Right" by John Reed Scott

In poetry:

Your baby has gorn dahn the plug'ole
Your baby has gorn dahn the plug
The poor little thing was so skinny and thin
He shoulda been bathed in a jug
"Biby's Epitaph" by Anonymous British
Noo, Luckie, some time, had been layin' her lugs
In whisky, an' drank it in tumblers an' jugs;
An' sae ye may ken that her life was sune sped—
Ae morning they found her cauld deid in her bed.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
This is the yarn he told me
As we sat in Casey's Bar,
That Rooshun mug who scammed from the jug
In the Land of the Crimson Star;
That Soviet guy with the single eye,
And the face like a flaming scar.
"The Ballad Of Lenin's Tomb" by Robert W Service
IT'S my grief that I am not a little white duck,
And I'd swim over the sea to France or to Spain;
I would not stay in Ireland for one week only,
To be without eating, without drinking, without a full jug.
"An Craoibhin Complains Because He Is A Poet" by Lady Augusta Gregory
And after he had drank the watter and handed back the jug,
He said, "You are the sweetest flower that's to be found in Ruily";
And he touched her bare arm as he spoke,
Which proved to be sailor Harry's winning stroke.
"The Bonnie Lass o' Ruily" by William Topaz McGonagall
One youth alone, on another morn,
Walks to the field through the rows of corn.
He who drank of the sparkling tide
Walketh still in his manhood's pride;
But he who drank from the jug lies low,
Dead, in the morn of his manhood's glow.
""One Was Taken, And One Was Left"" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Fountain police are investigating a robbery at the Loaf N' Jug store at 7055 Alegre Circle near Santa Fe Avenue and Mesa Ridge Parkway.
But the governor of Washington state didn't mince them today when she called California wines " jug wine".
FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man is accused of assaulting his mother and stepfather this week with a frozen water jug and a dog leash.
Cortaca Jug up for grabs as Ithaca visits Cortland.
0This is the 54th time that Cortland and Ithaca are playing for the Cortaca Jug .
Cortland wins Cortaca Jug 16-10.
Michigan looks to keep 'Little Brown Jug ' during trip to Minnesota.
Gopher Loss Means Michigan Keeps The Little Brown Jug .
"I think it's awesome that VP decided to make pink fuel jugs this year," said DeJoria.
Jonathon Brandmeier returns with Food Network Star Jeff Mauro and talks about the 20 year old jug of McJordan BBQ sauce.
After you snap a shot of your jug -o-lanterns, enter it in to our Jug -O-Lantern contest.
Music Flying Lotus, a jug -band showdown, and jazz-metal fusion on the B Side.
Michael's Power won the 2012 running of the Little Brown Jug on Sept 20 by edging out Sweet Lou by 1 3/4 lengths in the second leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old pacers.
Michael's Power won the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, beating Sweet Lou by 1 3/4 lengths in the second leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old pacers.
Michael's Power starts fast, goes on to win Little Brown Jug .

In science:

J'ai jugé bon de taire également les méthodes, soit de vous, soit de moi pour obtenir par induction le premier carré et sa racine […] je n’ai guère vu de moyen d’exposer clairement ces méthodes en sorte qu’elles soient facilement comprises par autrui, sans un appareil de mots et d’exemples.
Routine Controversies : Mathematical Challenges in Mersenne's Correspondence